LC Hibiscus How-To Note
We’ve kept a stash of hibiscus blossoms in our pantries ever since we were introduced to the lurid magenta flower and its culinary charms. It tastes sort of like you’d expect. You know. Floral. You’ll find dried hibiscus flowers in the bulk bins at many a natural foods store as well as from online purveyors. Should you find yourself with some surplus blossoms even after making this sorbet again and again and serving it alongside a scoop of contrasting Cantaloupe Sorbet, we have another happily colored little something for you to try.
Hibiscus Beet Sorbet
- Quick Glance
- Quick Glance
- 15 M
- 2 H
- Makes 1 quart
Special Equipment: Ice cream maker
Place the beets in a blender or a food processor and process to a smooth purée.
In a large, heavy-bottomed, nonreactive saucepan over medium–high heat, combine the water and sugar and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Add the hibiscus flowers and bring to a boil. Stir in the beet purée and corn syrup and remove from the heat. Let cool completely.
Add the lemon juice and salt to the puree. Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into a clean bowl. Cover the bowl tightly and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour or preferably overnight.
When you’re ready to freeze the mixture, transfer it to an ice cream maker and spin according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Eat immediately or transfer to an airtight container, cover, and freeze for up to 1 week.
Recipe Testers' Tips
I just love how inspired this recipe is. Hibiscus is tart and cranberry like. Beets are grassy, sweet, and beautiful. This sorbet lacks the pectin-induced syrupiness one normally associates with a fruit sorbet so it’s less cloying but still sweet. It’s a nice combination of palate cleanser and dessert that I think would be amazing for a dinner party’s cheese course. For the kiddos, this is a sneaky and creative way to get oh-so-healthy beets into their bellies. I found the sorbet to be the most pleasing when only frozen for a few hours after processing. The colder and harder it gets, the less the mouth can perceive the sweet side of the vegetable. I liked it on the softer side.